Here are some FAQs related to osteopathy, including a few different answers for animals - if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07916 783 294 or email@example.com
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy was founded in the late 1800's by American Physician and Surgeon, Andrew Taylor Still. There are a small number of key philosophies associated with Osteopathy. The relationship between structure and function is essential with striving for optimal health and performance i.e compensatory issues can lead to short and long-term biomechanical issues. Osteopaths are very interested in optimising circulation and fluid dynamics to promote healing and good tissue health. Finally, osteopathy takes into account the WHOLE person (and pet!) i.e lifestyle, posture, age, previous injuries and illnesses.
What will happen during a consultation?
All consultations, human or animal, will involve a thorough case-history, physical assessment and treatment, with proposed management plan. If necessary, additional exercises may be prescribed. You are more than welcome to bring a chaperone with you too. Some patients prefer to dress down to underwear, though must patients will bring shorts and a vest top or similar.
How will my pet be treated?
Actually, the techniques used with animals are modified versions of what is used with humans. Techniques include joint articulations, soft-tissue mobilisation and stretching are just some of the treatment techniques employed. It may also be feasible to use a low level laser (Omega 3B) to treat skin, muscles and connective tissues.
When will my pet see the benefits of treatment?
The vast majority of pet owners will report significant positive outcomes after the first treatment. 2-3 sessions may be all that is required for some conditions, however, chronic issues such as arthritis will likely require a management plan i.e one treatment every 4-6 weeks. It is usually recommended that horse owners introduce light work in the day or two after treatment to show the horse that it can move within its improved biomechanical function.
Will my dog need to be muzzled?
Not usually. Muzzles often increase anxiety in dogs as they are more restricted. However, if your dog has a history of biting people, a muzzle would be appreciated.
Can I treat behaviour problems?
I am not an animal behaviourist, psychologist or trainer, although I have an understanding of how animals communicate. It is important to remember that animals communicate in different ways to us, and if in pain or discomfort they are likely to be grumpy or uncooperative, just like us. If you have a headache from a stiff neck or shoulders, would you feel a little off-colour? Now imagine this is your pet and they have no way of explaining this to you (unless you are Dr. Doolittle, of course!!). If I feel that the primary issue is related to behaviour I will endeavour to refer you to a specialist.
Are you insured and DBS checked?
I most certainly am! In fact, it's a legal requirement for all registered Osteopaths to have public liability insurance, up to date first aid qualification and to be DBS checked.